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A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States

This guide offers a history of various movements by citizens in the United States to gain political and social freedom and equality. It highlights resources available through the library and also offers a list of current civil rights organizations.

Georgetown University Response

Georgetown University has distinguished itself as an institution that has welcomed students from around the world since its inception.  Georgetown is monitoring the developments related to the Executive Order on a daily basis in order to support staff, students, and faculty navigate the impact on immigrant, nonimmigrant, and refugee entry into the United States.

Georgetown president, John J. DeGioia, has stated publicly on January 29 that Georgetown is "an institution that values the contributions of our international students, staff, and faculty, and we are deeply committed to interreligious dialogue and providing a context in which members of all faith backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to practice their faith."

Georgetown has created a webpage which is dedicated to providing links to relevant resources and information as it becomes available.  Some of these resources are included below.  



Resources for Immigrants & Refugees

A number of groups have rallied to provide resources to help meet the needs of refugees who have been impacted negatively by the Trump administration's efforts to curb immigration.  

ProQuest has launched a "Displaced Researchers Program".  Researchers who have difficulty accessing their university's and library's resources because of travel bans or immigration changes can contact ProQuest through in order to provide displaced researchers with access to the materials they need to continue their work.

  • NB: many libraries currently provide for remote access to many electronic resources.  Users are encouraged to contact their library directly in order to troubleshoot these issues. 

ACLU has put together a guide to help immigrants understand their rights in the event that immigration (ICE) agents show up at their door. iAmerica has resources available in multiple languages ranging from paths to citizenship to knowing your rights if you're approached by police or ICE.

Catholic Charities provides Services for Immigrants and Refugees.  In addition to their Refugee Center, which helps connect refugees with basic resources ranging from job searching to language classes, Catholic Charities also has relationships with health care providers and legal services.

The Cultural Orientation Resource Center provides videos and guides in multiple languages both for refugees and their new community members.